Charles Paul Gruppe 1860-1940
Signed "Char P Gruppe." l.l., a partial period label affixed to the reverse
Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in. in excellent period frame
Condition: faint craquelure,
Charles Gruppe was born in Canada, and moved to New York State was he was ten. Primarily a tonalist landscape and marine painter, Charles Gruppe was largely self-taught although he spent time studying in Europe, eventually settling in Holland for a time where he developed his skill at subtle coloration and careful draftsmanship. Charles Gruppe returned to America becoming a painter and well as a dealer. His son, Emile, who became a famous painter himself, was born in 1896.
In 1925, after seeing a number of Rockport and Gloucester harborscenes at an exhibition in New York, father and son traveled to the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts. They fell in love with the location, set up studios and painted there for the rest of their lives. The Gruppe family studio remains there to this day.
Charles Gruppe exhibited at the National Academy of Design (NAD), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the Boston Art Club, and also in Paris where he won a gold medal at the Rouen Exhibition. His paintings are included in the collections of the National Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, the National Gallery in Canada, the Queen of Holland Collection, and in the Art Museum in Rouen, France.